Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped off at the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the UC Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his Four Organs as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded in Ghana. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his Music in Similar Motion. The program ends with a discussion about the influence of world music and environmental soundscapes on contemporary composers.
Begins at 14:30 and ends at 43:07. I recommend playing this for your wife to wake her up in the morning...if you're looking for a quick and easy divorce.
Reich is an acquired taste, and this work, so far as I know, has not been available since a French import vinyl release in the 70s. Good to hear it again.
September 28, 2012 Subject:
Keep in mind...
that in 1970 Steve Reich and Philip Glass's music were not at all known in the San Francisco area.
(Original comment from 2008):
Steve mentions that both he and Phil had their own ensembles with many of the same people. In fact, Steve played in Phil's group and v.v. The program ends with an early tape of Glass's Music in Similar Motion. We played that tape many times subsequently on KPFA.
Only annoying thing: I can't believe my voice was that high. Must be the digitization. Oh, wait. I was 26. And nervous.
I just relistened to the program and noted a few things. The program probably started around midnight, so it ends close to 2am. That's why everyone sounds so sleepy. Steve and Jon had just come from a rehearsal. Also, the performance held the next day was the official opening of the Berkeley University Art Museum. Finally, I found it ironic that Steve had to introduce the Glass Music in Similar Motion by saying "composed in 1969 by Philip Glass, a composer living in New York City". At that point, November 1970, Steve was more well known, because he had lived and worked in San Francisco in the 60's, but Phil was unknown. Very interesting.
Also, the low fi quality of the program is because it was an aircheck and not a very well produced recording. Also, the music is essentially a recording of a recording which was, also probably a copy of a recording.